Dress Ideas for Morning Weddings


A wedding time can influence multiple parts of the planning, including the food and beverages you serve, the decorations at the ceremony and reception space (candles, for example, are superfluous at daytime weddings) and, of course, the dress of the guests. Whether your taste in dresses runs to the elegant side or the playful and casual side of the style spectrum, a dress for a morning wedding should be less formal than a dress for an evening wedding while still being formal enough to suit the occasion.

Sun Dress

  • Sport a sun dress to the morning wedding if the wedding venue is casual and summery, like a beach, a backyard, a regional park or an outdoor garden. Verify with the wedding party that attire will be casual before selecting a sun dress to avoid being accidentally under-dressed. A simple, embellishment-free sun dress in classic color like white, taupe or navy blue provides a balance of casual and chic that will suit a low-key morning wedding.

Sheath Dress

  • Show off a sheath dress for the morning wedding if the event is being held at a formal location like a cathedral or a grand estate that would render a casual dress inappropriate. Also consider a sheath dress if the overall style of the wedding is elegant and formal despite the early time. Sheath dresses can be found in colors and cuts to suit almost any body type, and they offer the advantage of leaving the arms, shoulders, upper chest and upper back bare -- a definite plus if the wedding will take place in hot weather.

Bubble Dress

  • Don a bubble dress for a morning wedding if the wedding party is fashion-forward and the venue is casual. Choose a low-key color like gray or brown rather than a bright color like pink or lime green to avoid coming across as immature, overly trendy or too casual. Bubble dresses tend to be short for a wedding dress -- often falling just above the knee -- so they should be worn by people who are comfortable showing a little leg.

A-Line Dress

  • Attend the morning wedding wearing an A-line dress if the venue and vibe veer toward the casual hippie-chic look. A-line dresses tend to be loosely cut and flowing, a good style match for loose, wavy, beach-girl hair. Wear fancy espadrilles or well-made sandals to balance out the casualness of the dress. Venues potentially suited to A-line dresses include beaches, gardens and boats.

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